If your child has an illness or injury requiring hospitalization, he or she may be cared for by a Pediatric Hospitalist. Pediatric Hospitalists are pediatricians who work primarily in hospitals. They care for children in many hospital areas, including the pediatric ward, labor and delivery, the newborn nursery, the emergency department, the neonatal intensive care unit, and the pediatric intensive care unit.
Pediatric hospitalists work with your regular pediatrician and other physicians and providers involved in your child's care. If there is a significant change in your child's condition, a pediatric hospitalist will update your pediatrician. When your child leaves the hospital, a pediatric hospitalist will give your pediatrician an overview of your child's hospital stay and detailed instructions for any necessary further care.
Pediatric hospitalists care for children with a wide variety of illnesses and medical needs who require hospital care. Such medical needs include:
- Infectious illnesses of the blood, skin, lungs, and kidneys
- Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and croup
- Problems with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma
- Recovery from injuries or surgeries
Pediatric hospitalists often assist other pediatricians, family practitioners, general surgeons, and subspecialty physicians in caring for children.
Currently, our pediatric patients receive inpatient services through Cabell Huntington Hospital. Cabell Huntington Hospital has become known for the high quality of care and wide range of services it offers to parents and their infants and children. We are now building a new pediatric hospital. For more information and to learn more about what we have and what we need to make this project a reality for our WV children, please see: http://cabellhuntington.org/foundation/chc/